MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Miami-Dade Mayoral candidate Marcelo Llorente filed suit against the Miami-Dade County supervisor of elections, the county manager, and the Florida secretary of state over the cancelling of early voting on Sunday, May 22.
Llorente’s claim is based upon the fact that in his view, Miami-Dade County moved to cancel one day of early voting before Florida Governor Rick Scott had signed election changes passed by the legislature this year.READ MORE: FIU President Mark Rosenberg Resigns, Cites Health Issues
In a memo provided in the lawsuit, Miami-Dade County manager Alina Hudak laid out the county’s plan to cancel the Sunday early voting. But the law only applies to races at the state or federal level.
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Hudak said in her memo that since the race for State Representative, District 110 is on the special election ballot, the new law must be applied to the special election ballot.
Llorente asked the court to find: that the defendants “preemptively and illegally violated Florida Statutes by cancelling early voting for Sunday, May 22, 2011 before any provision of HB 1355 went into effect.”MORE NEWS: Heat's Late Game Rally Not Enough As Hawks Pull Away 110-108
He also asked the court to force the county to reinstate early voting for Sunday, May 22, 2011 and wants the court to temporarily and permanently stop the Florida Secretary of State from implementing any election law changes for the Miami-Dade County special election for Mayor.